Explore the Fascinating World of Mollusks
and the Beautiful Shells They Create
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.
One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!
Celebrating 25 Years Lecture Series
Free, Virtual Program, Presented via Zoom.
Why Am I Growing Giant Clams in the Middle of the Arizona Desert?
By Dan Killam
Shell Dressed: Seashells in Fashion and Jewelry
By Jean M. Burks and Kory Rogers
Spooky Mollusks and Other Evils
of the Deep: A Halloween Special
By José H. Leal, Ph.D.
Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells
5.29.21 - 11.28.21
Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.
Shell Museum App